Insights to Retraining Thoroughbred Race Horses
Phil’s Courage was purchased as a Prospect Horse from the Bits & Bytes Farm Web site in 2007.
His first owner off-the-track was Christa Mooney of Charlotte, NC. Unfortunately, Christa had a family health issue and a lack of time to continue “Phil’s” off-the-track training. Christa loved Phil’s Courage very much and she did a good job of letting him down and getting him started as a sport horse. As time went on Christa had less and less time to work with Phil’s Courage and he started taking control.
He was fortunately purchased by Kara who has the experience to unschool some of the bad habits that “Phil” had picked up in his leisure time while Christa was busy caring for her son. I have asked Kara to give us a Journal of Phil’s Courage’s training. She uses common techniques promoted by most “Natural Horseman” trainers. It is our hope that our reader’s will see how these techniques work to make your horse respect you on the ground and when mounted. It is important to have patience and not rush through the process. Kara explains what she is doing and more importantly why. You can follow along and see the results. Enjoy and learn! Start at Ground Training – Day 1 Phil’s Courage and choose the next story from the menu on the right.
Bits & Bytes Farm
Many new buyers of off-the-track Thoroughbreds are worried about what their first ride will be like. At Bits & Bytes Farm we have been getting Thoroughbreds off-the-track for many years now. We always take a safe yet relaxed approach to the first ride. Here are a few important things to remember . . . This…Read More
I have asked Kara to give us a Journal of Phil’s Courage’s training. She uses what techniques promoted by most “Natural Horseman” trainers. It is our hope that our reader’s will see how these techniques work to make your horse respect you on the ground and when mounted.Read More
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Thoroughbred race horses have lots of valuable training experience that puts them way ahead of homebreds. Learn more about retraining Thoroughbreds from this video.Read More
Side note: I use certain words like “NO” or “BACK” to help me raise my energy and change my facial expression, not necessarily to teach Phil to respond to the words. Eventually, he will make the connection between the words and my actions. These words are always said in the same authoritative tone.Read More